Wunderkammer

heidikaloustian

A visual index of cliches. The series explores the strangeness of language by rendering common phrases into images, re-examining the most common and overused expressions by gathering them in a cabinet of curiosities. Terms of endearments in which the lovers devour one another, folktales and idioms that imagine mothers as monsters, a vast catalogue of sayings and slang that transform women into birds, and Freud’s dream language of symbolic objects in which everything is meaningful and nothing is as it seems.

7” x 9”
Mixed-Media Collage on Paper.



The Cannibals



An Old Wives’ Tale /

And in my place you will find

your new mother, her glass eyes

glistening, her long wooden rat tail

thumping on the floor.



Philomela / Kill Two

Birds with One Stone



Cigar is a Cigar /

Whither have they wandered,

these old eels, and whence have

the elvers come?

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